Probe launched into Dutch stadium collapse

Dutch club NEC Nijmegen's stadium will remain closed until further notice after a section collapsed.
Dutch club NEC Nijmegen's stadium will remain closed until further notice after a section collapsed.

Dutch top flight club NEC Nijmegen's stadium will remain closed until further notice after a section of its grandstand collapsed while visiting Vitesse Arnhem fans celebrated a 1-0 victory.

The Eredivisie club said the stadium's owner, Nijmegen municipality, and a local construction authority agreed on Tuesday that the Goffert Stadium must remain closed while the cause of the collapse was investigated.

No one was injured on Sunday when a section holding about 35 people buckled as they jumped up and down in front of Arnhem players celebrating the victory in the local derby.

NEC spokesman Nick van der Cammen said the club understood the decision.

"The most important thing for us is that a thorough investigation takes place whereby everybody's safety in the stadium can be guaranteed in the future," he said.

NEC are in talks with the Dutch soccer federation and other clubs to find other venues for their home matches.

Australian Associated Press